- I stepped out onto the Adobe basketball court the other day to record a brief interview with Frederick Johnson from the Lightroom team. If you can deal with the squinting and excess of "you knows" (I know, I know… y’know?), you might dig out some salient bits. (And hey, you hadn’t thought of They Live in a while anyway, right?)
- My pal & fellow Photoshop PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes was in Florida last week and appeared on Photoshop User TV with Scott Kelby and crew. Bryan focuses particularly on the DNG format. He notes, "I wish I’d mentioned that the DNG Converter allows people who haven’t upgraded to realize the benefits of raw with their newer camera in older copies of Photoshop." (Also–seemingly apropos of nothing–yes, I am a very angry man. ;-))
- In 1969, 14-year-old Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, I Met The Walrus is the Oscar-nominated short film that resulted–5 minutes of fluid, often surreal images morphing into one another over the recording. YouTube hosts the full piece in high quality.
- I’m not sure what to say about the coffee-stirrer-based (?) Endless Not stick animation, but I can dig it. [Via]
- I love the crazy little characters made by Matthew Porter. (His Dr. Wagner portrait is staring down at me now.). Next time you need to commission a Wolverine monkey, you’ll know where to turn. [Via Margot]
- Coca-Cola’s very cool WE8 site brings together illustrators, musicians, and other artists from West & East in the spirt of friendship (well, that and of selling tasty sugar water). The site features interactive 3D Flash versions of the packaging they’ve created, downloadable desktop images and more. [Via Terri Stone]
- Peep the charming skulls of Kristina Collantes desktop wallpapers.
- Public service:
Wow–now this you don’t see every day: John Pischke, an Image Capture Manager at Quad/Graphics in Minneapolis, has used the “Ocelot Rampant” image from this blog in a tattoo on his arm. I furnished him with the original Illustrator file last year, and on Tuesday it was turned into ink. “You’ll be happy to know it was completely designed in Photoshop,” writes John P. Nice!
Tangentially related surreality:
- What the %@^! does one call those "random non-alphabet characters to indicate cursing?" Answer: Grawlix. (Bonus cutting aside: "Is that the sound of a designer waiting for Adobe Updater to complete?" Oh, from the top rope!) [Via]
- On Flickr, user "el estratografico" collects "retronomatopeya"–classic sound effects in cartoons.
- Batman may have gone all modern & hardcore, but "Las onomatopeyas o Batsigns" showcases the sound-effect renderings of his classic, corny past. [Via Rob Corell]
- The Etch A Sketch has been reborn as an iPhone app! (Shake the phone to clear the screen.)
- How do Californians perceive their fellow Americans? Counterpoint: How New Yorkers see the rest of the world. (This all reminds me of the Onion t-shirt "Stereotypes are a real time-saver.")
- Mordy Golding has a solid tutorial on embossing text in Illustrator. In it he produces a pretty convincing license plate.
The Daily Show has always put Photoshop to great use*, but now they take things further in response to the Iranian missile manipulation incident. (And who knew that CNN was now demoing the Clone Stamp?) From last night’s episode, in two parts:
See also lots o’ good riffs on Boing Boing. (Shouldn’t it really be a Persian LOLcat, though?) [Update: Engadget readers show off their gags. [Via Adam Jerugim]]
* Personal fave from years back: A photo showed American Special Forces guys teaching Afghan kids baseball while the kids’ somewhat confused dads looked on. TDS modified the image to show a guy in the stands holding a banner that read, “ESPN: Execute Some Pashtuns Now.”
- In their Sunday Vintage Type post, i love typography shares more good links than you can eat. It’s worth a click if only for that first gorgeous Karmann Ghia logotype.
- Hands of Fate:
- I dig Douglas Wilson’s Vernacular Typography Polaroids–Polaroids taken of mostly hand-painted signs over the past four years all across the United States. [Via]
- Do great typographers have great handwriting? Judge for yourself. [Via]
- Type seldom looks worse to me than when a faux-handwriting or brush font gives itself away via perfectly repeated characters. House Industries shows off how automatic character substitution through Open Type addresses the problem. [Via]
- On the Web:
- Typetester lets you compare multiple typefaces easily. (This is the sort of thing I’d love to see running in streamlined form as a Flash or AIR panel inside Creative Suite apps.)
- Ralf Herrmann reviews kerning & Open Type features in Firefox 3 . (A Web browser supporting ligatures? I really never thought I’d see it.
- Think type is too easy to steal? Fight back with a 17.5lb cast iron ampersand. Bam!
- Photoshop type chops:
- Jumping the shark: predictable and sad. Jumping several hundred pounds of very PO’d livestock: much more spectacular. (Interestingly, the man-gores-bull shot hides behind a "this may be offensive" curtain, whereas the bull-gores-man shots don’t.)
- In Curse of the Black Gold, Ed Kashi captures the pain, degredation, and occasional beauty wrought by oil extraction in Nigeria. (The tiny bottom nav bar offers more info about each image.)
- I used to carry around a GI Joe head that I’d photograph in all kinds of situations (say, the middle of Death Valley). I named him Sgt. Goldbug, after the little Richard Scarry creation who’d hide somewhere on every page. Witold Riedel is up to similar tricks with The Bear In Repose.
- Getty editors are getting set to start approaching Flickr users, offering to license their images. PDN offers some perspective on what it all means. [Via Geoff Scott]
- The new Radiohead video was shot without using cameras–instead employing LIDAR (laser radar). I see only stills so far, but I look forward to the finished product.
- Josh Derr captured a shot of some great clouds over NYC. [Via]
I’m having fun
slacking er, conducting important digital imaging research, starting to explore photography-oriented iPhone apps:
- The free PangeaVR offers amazingly smooth panorama display and navigation.
- Exposure (paid or ad-supported) promises to let you put "2 billion photos in your pocket," letting you browse Flickr from your handheld. Groovy bonus point: it’ll show you images geotagged to locations near you.
- Clowdy promises easy & free photoblogging.
Unfortunately for the capture-and-upload scenario, the camera in the iPhone is pretty rudimentary. Doesn’t it seem like someone should build a wireless hookup between the phone & dedicated cameras? That way you could, for example, put an Eye-Fi memory card into your camera of choice, then upload shots via the phone in your pocket? Maybe that’s a solution in search of a problem, though, or maybe it would just kill your battery.
If you come across any particularly good or noteworthy apps, feel free to post your experiences here.